Holidays in Mainland Portugal

The history of the country, and her cultural influences, is as rich as her natural landscape is diverse. Portugal was once, of course, a great Empire, colonising large parts of Africa, China, America and Malaysia. Gold from Brazil provided for magnificent Baroque buildings and gilded alter carvings. Exotic fruits and oriental spices changed gastronomic traditions forever, and Oporto and Lisbon are awash with memories of the great explorers, Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama.

But Portugal was colonised too and there is also a surprising variety of architectural sites, reflecting a succession of occupying civilisations from the Ibero-Celts to the Christian reconquest. Romanesque temples, Baroque castles and numerous hidden churches all bear witness to a colourful past, as do ordinary village houses adorned with beautiful azulejo tiles and topped with Moorish-style chimney pots.

Portugal is a compact land packed full of historic, natural and cultural interest. For so small a country, it offers an astonishing array of natural splendours: great rivers, dense forests, lush valleys, rolling hills, exciting mountain ranges and long stretches of glorious white, sandy beaches.

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Cycling in the Douro Valley
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Cycling in the Douro Valley

Explore the Douro Valley and its historical villages. After a night in Porto, start cycling from the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, close to the Spanish border you'll ride through uniquely terraced vineyards on your way to port wine town of Peso da Regua.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07DV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1849per person, tour only
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and one evening meal.
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Coimbra to Lisbon Cycling
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Coimbra to Lisbon Cycling

Cycle from Coimbra, Portugal's old capital with UNESCO recognised heritage, along Portugal's Atlantic Coast through picturesque landscapes and charming villages, including Nazaré to Obidos a medieval walled town before spending the final three nights in Lisbon.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC11PO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration11 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £2299per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Porto Coastal Cycling
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Porto Coastal Cycling

Varied beach-front cycling along some of the most spectacular stretches of coast we've ever seen! Starting in wine capital, Porto, your route heads south beach and bay-hopping to Aveiro, Portugal's Venice before finishing beside the beach at Praia de Mira.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07OP
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1899per person, tour only

  • 58 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Green Coast of Minho
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Walking the Green Coast of Minho

From your base in Viana do Castelo, one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Portugal, head out each day to walk along rivers, along the coast and in the nearby Serra de Arga mountain range.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07MH
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £639per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walking the Mountains, Valleys & Coast of Minho
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Walking the Mountains, Valleys & Coast of Minho

Marked by the intense green of its fields and vineyards, the Minho regions' natural landscape is one of enormous beauty and biodiversity. Head from the mountains to the coast on this 7 night holiday.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07MV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £939per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  

  • 2 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Walk the Highlights of Northern Portugal
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Walk the Highlights of Northern Portugal

Sample the world-class wine and local produce, discover an ancient castle, delightful forests, historical towns, and beautiful beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as you meander across Northern Portugal.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW08PO
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1399per person, tour only

  • 4 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and four packed lunches
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Tour the Treasures of Portugal
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Tour the Treasures of Portugal

Discover all that the incredible cities of Porto & Viana do Castelo have to offer, from local wine and port tastings to river cruises along the Douro, step into the real Northern Portugal.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeT07PO
  • Holiday typeIndependent tour
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Excellent for
  • From £1499per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2024  

  • 1 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Route notes provided
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling in Portugal: From the Mountains to the Sea
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Cycling in Portugal: From the Mountains to the Sea

You cycle through small villages and extensive vineyards, following the River Minho towards the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery is a stunning combination of high mountains, rolling river scenes, historic towns and dramatic coastal landscape.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07MI
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1589per person, tour only

  • 13 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Cycling in the Douro Valley
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Cycling in the Douro Valley

Explore the Douro Valley and its historical villages. Starting from the medieval village of Castelo Rodrigo, close to the Spanish border you'll cycle through uniquely terraced vineyards on your way to port wine town of Peso da Regua.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC06DV
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1709per person, tour only

  • 5 Reviews
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and one evening meal.
  • Bike hire included
  • Headwater navigation provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

Follow scenic coastal routes along the Atlantic Coast of Portugal. This tour starts in Porto, with highlights including a scenic ride through the dunes of the Sao Jacinto Natural Reserve and an overnight in the picture-perfect fortified village of Obidos.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeC07PO
  • Holiday typeGuided cycling
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £1795per person, tour only
  • All breakfasts, one wine tasting All accommodation Tour leader throughout Local bike hire Group arrival and departure transfers available
Portugal: Walking & Wine - Premium Adventure
Portugal: Mainland Portugal

Portugal: Walking & Wine - Premium Adventure

This 7-night guided walking holiday combines plentiful wine-tastings with relaxed walks through valleys and terraced vineyards, and alongside gushing rivers.

DEPARTURE MONTHS

JFMAMJJASOND

  • Holiday codeW07OP
  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From £2399per person, tour only

  • 2 Reviews
  • All breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners and three wine tastings All premium accommodation Tipping for all hotel staff, local staff and drivers Named tour leader, chosen for their expertise All transport and listed activities Group arrival and departure transfers available